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President Trump's 2018 U.N. Speech
Sep 26, 2018 at 10:13 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Over the last week, world leaders have gathered in New York City for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
  • On Tuesday, September 25th, President Trump delivered an evening address to the UN delegates.
  • The speech echoed the nationalistic theme and message that Trump used in last year’s 2017 speech to the UN General Assembly.
  • The president touted American sovereignty and his “America First” agenda, saying, “We reject the ideology of globalism and accept the doctrine of patriotism.”
  • President Trump also heralded the successes of his presidential administration, which he described as having “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” a statement which elicited scattered laughter from the audience.
  • Though President Trump appeared briefly flustered by the laughter, claiming he “didn’t expect that reaction,” he later told reporters, “Oh it was great. Well, that was meant to get some laughter so it was great.”

Food For Thought

Is "America First" a good foreign policy doctrine? How should the laughter during President Trump's United Nations speech be interpreted? 

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